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Key Specs of Mahindra XUV300

Mileage (upto)20.0 kmpl
Engine (upto)1497 cc
BHP115.0
TransmissionManual/Automatic
Seats5
Service CostRs.4,138/yr

XUV300 Latest Update

Latest update:  Mahindra has updated the XUV300’s variant lineup with the addition of an AMT option. It is only available with the diesel engine and now offered from the W6 mid-spec variant onwards. Check out the price here.

Mahindra XUV300 Variants: The XUV300 is offered in four variants: W4, W6, W8 and W8(O). Prices start from Rs 7.90 lakh and go up to Rs 12.70 lakh (ex-showroom pan-India).

Mahindra XUV300 Engine: The XUV300 is offered with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a 1.5-litre diesel unit. The new petrol unit churns out 110PS of power and 200Nm of torque. The diesel engine has been carried over from the Mahindra Marazzo but detuned to make slightly less power at 115PS. However, it produces the same amount of torque at 300Nm, making it the torquiest offering in its segment. Both engines are offered with a 6-speed manual transmission and the diesel engine is also available with an AMT gearbox. Mahindra also has an all-electric version of the XUV300 in the works. It will be launched in the second half of 2020.

Mahindra XUV300 Features: The XUV300 comes equipped with various segment-first features including seven airbags, dual-zone climate control and heated ORVMs. Other features in its expansive list are a sunroof, front and rear parking sensors with camera, LED tail lamps, DRLs, a tyre-pressure monitoring system, and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The XUV300 gets dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, all four disc brakes, power windows and steering modes as standard.

Mahindra XUV300 Rivals: The XUV300 takes on the likes of the Tata Nexon, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Honda WR-V and Hyundai Venue.

Mahindra XUV300 price list (Variants)

W41197 cc, Manual, Petrol, 17.0 kmplRs.8.1 Lakh*
W4 Diesel1497 cc, Manual, Diesel, 20.0 kmplRs.8.69 Lakh*
W61197 cc, Manual, Petrol, 17.0 kmpl
Top Selling
Rs.8.95 Lakh*
W6 Diesel1497 cc, Manual, Diesel, 20.0 kmplRs.9.5 Lakh*
W6 AMT Diesel1497 cc, Automatic, Diesel, 20.0 kmplRs.9.99 Lakh*
W81197 cc, Manual, Petrol, 17.0 kmplRs.10.4 Lakh*
W8 Diesel1497 cc, Manual, Diesel, 20.0 kmpl
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Rs.10.95 Lakh*
W8 AMT Diesel1497 cc, Automatic, Diesel, 17.0 kmplRs.11.5 Lakh*
W8 Option1197 cc, Manual, Petrol, 17.0 kmplRs.11.64 Lakh*
W8 Option Dual Tone1197 cc, Manual, Petrol, 17.0 kmplRs.11.79 Lakh*
W8 Option Diesel1497 cc, Manual, Diesel, 20.0 kmplRs.12.14 Lakh*
W8 Option Dual Tone Diesel1497 cc, Manual, Diesel, 20.0 kmplRs.12.29 Lakh*
W8 AMT Optional Diesel1497 cc, Automatic, Diesel, 20.0 kmplRs.12.69 Lakh*
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Exterior

Mahindra XUV300

The XUV300 is based on Ssangyong’s Tivoli. And hence, the XUV shares its basic stance with the Tivoli. But there are a few key differences. Firstly, overall length has been shortened by chopping the boot area (after the C-Pillar) to shorten the length by 200mm, from 4195 to 3995mm. As a result, when viewed from the side, the XUV300 looks a bit strange as the design ends quite abruptly.

Mahindra XUV300

Also, the Tivoli’s ground clearance of 167mm is lower than the XUV300. Even though it has been raised for India, the XUV300 sits lower than the competition. However, it boasts of a segment-leading wheelbase, which along with the 215/60 R17 tyres on our top-end W8 (O) test car, give it a confident look.

Mahindra XUV300

In terms of design, the XUV300 looks similar to the Tivoli, but Mahindra state that every panel is different from the Tivoli. You can see that the face is more aggressive despite being neater. The slim grille gets the chrome slot treatment just like the XUV500. It wedges in neatly between the angular headlamps that flare out as they head towards the side. The sharp LED DRLS give this SUV quite a distinctive look.

Mahindra XUV300

From the side, the XUV300 reminds us of the Hyundai Creta, which is no bad thing. The A-Pillar, roofline and roof rails (not offered in the UK) contribute to that effect. But, if it stood a bit taller, the SUV look would have been cemented solid. When it comes to premiumness, the diamond-cut alloys play their part just right.

Mahindra XUV300

From the rear, the XUV looks quite rugged and premium, thanks to the wide hips and high-set tail lamps which use smooth LED elements. Just to be clear, the look here is completely different from the Tivoli, and better for it. Also, while the manual transmission-equipped XUV300 gets model and variant badging at the rear, the XUV300 AMT adds the “autoSHIFT” badge, making the automatic XUV300 easier to identify.

Interior

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The XUV300 might be the baby of its family, but on the inside it feels more premium than its elder sibling, the XUV500. The two-tone colour combination for the cabin looks very inviting. The leatherette seats also use the lighter colour, giving a sense of being in a car from a segment above. These seats also use firmer cushions for the side bolstering for greater support in corners. The only hiccup is that the light colour means they will get dirty quickly.

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Smart looking touches include the steering wheel, embellished with gunmetal grey switchgear. The simple instrument cluster is easy to read and the controls for display sit in between them. However, bits like the central unlock switches, the flimsy feel of the stalks on the steering wheel and the door release lever feel cheap and tacky. The centre console could have also looked better. In a world of floating screens and minimal buttons, this looks a bit out of place on a new car. 

Additionally, while the manual gear lever blends well with the rest of the interior, the AMT gear selector looks a bit out of place. The Vitara Brezza’s AMT gear selector, for example, looks more premium and purpose-built to match the rest of the cabin.

Mahindra XUV300

The driver gets a height adjustable seat and a tilt adjustable steering to find the right seating position too. But, the footwells are too cramped to accomodate a dead pedal. This will add a bit of stress to your left leg in long drives. However, whether tall or short, you will have enough room in the front and the view of the road ahead is confidence inspiring, spotting the edge of the hood is easy.

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The second row treats its occupants acceptably. The seat cushioning is supportive and there is enough knee room and headroom to accommodate six-footers. Even sitting three abreast is managed with reasonable comfort as the middle passenger doesn’t sit shoulder to shoulder with the other occupants as the seat pushes him forward slightly. However, the low-set seat feels short on under-thigh support and the smaller window area eats into the sense of space. However, for a car that boasts of class-leading wheelbase and width, we were expecting a greater sense of space and comfort in the backseat. Also, the lack of any charging options feels a bit strange.

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In the transition from Tivoli to XUV, the boot space has really suffered. Chopping 200mm of overall length has resulted in a luggage carrying capacity that is more like a mid-size hatch. The 60:40 split folding seats offer some flexibility, but we expect luggage space to be significantly smaller than the competition.

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Performance

Mahindra XUV300

Straight off the bat, we must say that both engine options of the XUV300 are impressive to drive. The petrol is a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged engine good for 110PS @ 5,000rpm & 200Nm of torque @ 2000-3500rpm. The diesel, shared with the Marazzo, is a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine good for about 117PS @ 3750rpm & 300Nm of torque @ 1500-2500rpm. While both were initially available only with a 6-speed manual transmission, the diesel is now also available with a 6-speed automated manual transmission (AMT). There is no all-wheel drive option and Mahindra will not offer one.

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The 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine is derived from the Marazzo, but some changes to the tune give it a more energetic character. At start up, you can feel a bit of diesel rumble and light vibes in the cabin. While this isn’t something we would complain about, we have been spoilt by the larger Marazzo which just damps these out.

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It is easy to make out that the XUV300 is peppier to drive. Overtaking other vehicles requires very little effort. No doubt, being lighter than the Marazzo has helped, but the torque spike at 1500rpm makes it feel quite exciting. Even in the city, you can drive around smoothly and easily as the clutch is light, although shifting the tall gear lever requires a bit of effort.

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However, like on the Marazzo, the engine can feel lethargic if you drive around in a higher gear at low speeds. On inclines or if the engine revs drop below 1500rpm, it is easy to stall the XUV300. This will require some getting used to. In terms of fuel efficiency, no tested figures are available as of now, but you can expect them to be higher than the 17.3kpl that Mahindra claims for the Marazzo.

Driving The Diesel AMT

First, the basics. Yes, it does get the creep function. So in slow-moving city traffic, you just need to ease off the brake pedal and have the car creep ahead. This also works well while parking in reverse, making progress at crawl speeds convenient.

Second, the shift lever’s operation is similar to BMW’s automatic gear lever i.e. it shifts back to the same position after you’ve selected any of the transmission’s six modes - auto, manual, neutral, reverse, manual upshift & manual downshift.

Before moving any further, here’s the main takeaway: this is a well-tuned engine & transmission combination. The XUV300 diesel gets the same engine as the Marazzo, albeit with about 4PS less power. But the XUV300 is a lighter car too and much like in the manual, you just need the slightest throttle input to get into the 50-60kmph range. The low rev torque is plenty and does a good job of making up for any lag in the AMT itself.

It comes across immediately as city drive-friendly and has a unique advantage over the manual. This diesel engine does have some lag in torque delivery below 1500rpm. So much so that you can stall the engine quite easily (this happens in the Marazzo as well) if you let the revs drop below that. However, AMTs won’t let the engine stall, so it pulls even from very low revs in a clean manner.

A slight disadvantage, though, is that with the AMT, the engine tends to rev a notch more than what seems necessary. Even with the lightest of throttle inputs it upshifts above 2,000rpm till 4th gear. While this still doesn’t make the cabin too noisy it can have an adverse impact on fuel efficiency vs the manual. Something we can & will ascertain with a road test.

Is it as fun to drive as the manual? No. Fun for an AMT? Yes. For one, this AMT offers surprisingly smooth gear changes with minimal headnod.

It’s also very responsive, intuitive and knows exactly when to downshift and when it needs to stick to the same gear. This transmission doesn’t create the need for highway overtakes to be planned. Simply dip the accelerator and the engine delivers an instant flow of torque to make overtakes quick. Even at speeds of 100kmph, the transmission doesn’t need to drop more than one gear for overtakes, simply because the engine is both rev happy and has plenty to offer by or before 3,000rpm.

If you feel the need to keep the revs on the boil, the transmission also comes with a manual mode with a tiptronic shift action. This comes in handy while engine braking downhill or if you want to stick to the same gear while driving uphill. It is also, of course, useful for overtakes but we found the transmission to be responsive enough that you don’t really need to switch to manual mode for this. And yes, to protect the engine, it will auto-upshift at around 4500rpm or auto-downshift if the speeds are too low for a given gear.

This also makes it good fun to drive since you’re never left hunting for more punch. However, when we say the transmission is good, we mean it’s good by AMT standards. Under hard throttle, it’s not as quick or smooth as a torque-converter or twin-clutch transmission. While driving the XUV300 with full throttle, there is a noticeable pause before upshifts, which is characteristic of automated manual transmissions. That said, given how punchy an engine this is, it offers a more exciting experience vs the Vitara Brezza diesel AMT and is also a little more engaging than the Nexon diesel AMT.  

Driving The Petrol

The petrol engine in the XUV300 has strong numbers on paper and thankfully, they translate to great real world performance too. It’s very easy as a city drive with smooth power delivery and a good amount of torque available at low revs. It’s a motor that encourages you to upshift early as there’s a strong amount of pull even in higher gears.

Taking 8.65 seconds to go from 30-80kmph (3rd gear), the in-gear acceleration is quicker than all its petrol rivals, including the EcoSport 1.5, Nexon & WR-V. Numbers aside, this reflects how easy to drive the XUV300 petrol is, ensuring good punch even if you upshift early.

It’s also a great engine for highway usage, offering adequate punch for high speed overtakes, all the while offering good refinement. Thanks to this punch, it’s also fun to drive and you can enjoy a drive through inclines/ghats without pushing the engine to the point where it feels strained.

However, what this engine offers in excitement, it takes away in efficiency. Delivering 12.16kmpl/14.25kmpl (city/highway) in our road tests, it’s significantly down on mileage vs its petrol sub-4 metre SUV rivals like the EcoSport 1.5 (12.74kmpl/17.59kmpl), Nexon (14.03kmpl/17.89kmpl) & WR-V (13.29kmpl/18.06kmpl).

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Ride & Handling

You feel confident driving the XUV too, thanks to the steering. It has three modes - Normal, Comfort and Sport -, which change the weight of the steering. These do not change how quickly the vehicle actually turns, so we preferred the light but precise and direct feel of Comfort. The suspension also makes the XUV300 feel composed at high speeds, even over poor roads. The brakes provide a safe and secure feel while slowing down too. In the city, the way the suspension reduces the impact of the potholes is also satisfying.

Mahindra XUV300

Safety

On the safety front, the XUV300 starts from the ground up by offering disc brakes on all four wheels, ABS with EBD, Cornering Brake Control, dual airbags and ISOFIX mounts as standard. The top-end variant gets seven airbags, including a knee airbag for the driver, and ESP based safety features like traction control, roll-over mitigation, brake fade compensation and hill-start assist too.  Smaller details like an adjustable headrest for the middle occupant at the back and a proper three-point seatbelt present a very mature side of the XUV300. If you are focussed on the front seats, the height-adjustable seatbelts at the front deserve some brownie points. 

Variants

The Mahindra XUV300 is available in 4 variants - W4, W6, W8 & W8 (O). Both, the petrol manual and diesel manual are available in all the variants. The diesel AMT will be available in the top-spec W8 (O), though, it remains to be seen what other variants get the diesel AMT option.

Mahindra’s XUV300 will appeal to you for its high feel good factor and exciting nature. Despite a few shortcomings, it feels premium and is very well equipped too. Its cramped boot can be a deal breaker for households with just one car. While the rear seat isn’t class leading in terms of space and comfort, it is comfortable enough for two adults. 

Pros & Cons of Mahindra XUV300

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CarDekho Experts:
The XUV300's value, practicality and SUV quotient aren't its main attractions. Its indulgent packaging, sense of solidity and fun to drive nature are, and will impress you enough to tempt you to open up your wallet a bit more for this Mahindra.

Things We Like

  • Comfortable even over bad roads.
  • Feels premium because of class-leading safety and convenience features.
  • Stable and fun to drive because of steering and good grip.
  • Overtaking on highways easy, thanks to punchy diesel engine.

Things We Don't Like

  • Premium experience let down by quality issues like poorly fitting panels, mushy switches and flimsy stalks.
  • Small boot will be a hassle if it’s the only car in the family.
  • Cramped footwell, no space for dead pedal for driver
  • Not the most spacious or comfortable backseat in the class

Stand Out Features

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    Rear Disc Brakes: Only SUV in the segment to offer these. They undoubtedly offer better braking performance compared to drum brakes.

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    Seven airbags on top-end W8(O) variant includes knee airbag for driver.

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    Steering modes let drivers pick the right setting for them. 

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    Dual-zone climate control allows two different temperature settings. 

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Oct 4, 2019 7:24:53 AM

If loan is available I purchasing the Mahindra xuv 300 0 %Deposited

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    pradeep kumar
    Oct 3, 2019 4:56:53 PM

    Car is having huge brakes issue. Driven 10000kms in 6 months and disc brakes system has been changed 3 times. Brakes makes the noise of whistle while driving @20,25 kms speed. Company has admired same

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      vpg fab care ghaziabad
      Jul 26, 2019 10:10:07 AM

      very nice looking

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